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- Dell Labs Is Helping Create the Future Feb 19 One of the things thatís difficult to determine about Dell now that it is private is how well the company is really doing. One of the indicators that it is generating solid profits is that the company now has the discretionary income to create a lab, which is a huge indicator of financial success. When a firm is in financial distress, it tends to shut down marketing, research, and any other activity not focused directly on making quarterly numbers just to survive. When a firm is doing well, it has the luxury of thinking strategically and research labs are one of the visible paths to achieve that result. I had a nice long chat with Jai Menon, Dellís Chief Research Officer, and according to him, things are not only going very well, Dell is working on some fascinating projects.
- Is the U.S. Government a Cyber Threat? Feb 17 At what point does your own government cross the line and become an evil state? This is what crossed my mind when I read the latest Kaspersky report on the Equation Group, which comes across like the bad guy in a current-generation James Bond film, except it appears tied to the U.S. This is a scary report, showcasing a blended set of attacks that are infecting an impressive 2,000 platforms a month and appear to span all current versions of Windows, the MacOS, and even iOS, as well as much of the world, including the U.S.
- Customer and Employee Ranking: Why Not? Feb 13 A few years back, I was impressed with how much work EMC had done on customer tracking as part of its loyalty and quality programs. While youíd think these efforts would have pissed off the customers, these customers were lining up to ask EMC to share these tools. This was because EMC could, through its efforts, better determine which customers were the most valuable and which the least, and then resource these groups appropriately. That then had a very dramatic and positive outcome for the bottom line. Often, the most demanding customers are also the least profitable, and in this way EMC could not only reward positive customer behavior but increasingly assure that the really nasty customers ended up being one of its competitorís problems.
- The Apple/Tesla Dream Team TechNewsWorld | Feb 20 Cook executes better without Jobs than with him -- but he isn't a visionary, and he has trouble getting people excited about Apple's newest offerings. Musk has the chops to bring out amazing new technology and get people excited about it, and he clearly gets the Jobs' business model, but he needs a ton of help with execution. I've never seen a combination that looks better on paper than this one.
- Artificial Intelligence May Save Us From New Breed of Cyber Threats CIO | Feb 20 The only way to defeat a new set of undetectable tools that the Equation Group is using is though massive computer behavioral analysis, writes Rob Enderle. If we donít go on the offensive, cyber threats could evolve into just what Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Steven Hawking are worried about -- hostile AI with the power to destroy computers or turn them against us.
- IBM Spectrum Storage: IBM Gets Serious With SDS and Hybrid Cloud Datamation | Feb 18 The company is offering customers high value for the money they spend on flash storage systems.
- NVIDIA Grid Hitting 40 Free Games: Creating the Perfect Mobile Set Top Box TG Daily | Feb 17 The NVIDIA Shield Products which use the NVIDIA Grid gaming service will hit 40 free games this month and these are fast becoming my favorite mobile entertainment product. They not only will have 40 of the top games, streamed for free, but like all Android tablets theyíll run Netflix, Amazon Prime, the new Sling OTA service from Dish, and a variety of streaming music services including my favorite, Slacker.
- Expedia Will Acquire Orbitz in $1.6 Billion Deal CIO Today | Feb 12
- Samsung Smart TV Owners Fume Over Sneaky Pop-Up Ads TechNewsWorld | Feb 11
- Why RadioShack Fell Flat E-Commerce Times | Feb 11
- Is Baidu a buy post-earnings? 'Wait and see': Pro CNBC | Feb 11
Rob Enderle on…
Amazonís Q4 earnings
"Amazon beat estimates even though Jeff Bezos is ... spending money as fast as it comes in and going flat out as if there were somebody right on his heels chasing him. ... It's the most aggressive growth strategy for such a long period of time that I have ever seen."
IBMís cloud acquisition plans
"They recognize that long term on-premise products may simply not be able to compete with services and they want to make sure that they are prepared to ride that wave, not be buried by it. Ironically, this mirrors closely the original IBM mainframe model where the hardware was supplied as a service."
eBay spinning off PayPal, splitting off its enterprise unit and laying off thousands of workers
"This may indicate that they're looking for buyers to buy one or more of them ... The only reason I could see you would do this is you want to make it look like the property has a higher value than it ... does."
eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts San Jose Mercury News
"Sadly, I think it should have been a big hit and may still be if Google can overcome the initial Google Glass experiences. Unfortunately, that is often hard to do. Folks don't like to change opinions once set."
Microsoftís Spartan browser
[Microsoft is expending a great deal of effort to ensure Spartan is backward-compatible with predecessors.] "It feels like they're using some of their visualization technology to make this happen, and I'm expecting backward-compatibility to be better than in prior versions."
Microsoft's 'Spartan' Browser Will Bulge With Features TechNewsWorld
What a merger of Blackberry and Samsung could mean from an enterprise perspective
"Samsung has been falling off against Apple of late, and BlackBerry should allow them to push back far harder with a much more consistent offering then they currently have."
Could BlackBerry be Samsung's answer to Apple and China? Computerworld
How we will interface with computers
"The last four decades were about creating the technical environment, while the next four will be about merging the human and the digital domains, merging the decision-making of the human being with the number-crunching of a machine."
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